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Planet Ark's Newest Endorsed Product

Date: 26-May-10

Philips Alto Tube © Amy Nancarrow

What's special about Philips Alto fluorescent tubes?

The Philips Alto range have the lowest mercury content of T8 tubes on the Australian market.

Using a unique, patented dosing technology, Philips Alto fluorescent tube range, endorsed by Planet Ark, uses only 2mg of mercury per tube. Australian standards require fluorescent tubes to contain less than 15mg of mercury. The Philips Alto range far exceeds this standard.

You get the same energy efficiency of a Philips fluorescent tube, from a product that uses less mercury than competing products. Just look for the green end caps. Around the home, fluorescent tubes are particularly useful in workshops, garages and kitchens - anywhere you're using a lot of light on tasks as varied as washing up the dishes to building a pelmet.

Using energy-efficient lighting prevents mercury from being released into the atmosphere via coal-fired power plants. That’s just one of the reasons why Planet Ark already endorse the Philips Energy Saver range of CFLs. Visit to learn more.

With the standard for fluorescent tubes set at 15mg or less, you can see how choosing Philips Alto fluorescent tubes means reducing the amount of mercury in circulation by seven times or more - depending on the mercury content of comparison tubes. And, less mercury in circulation means less potential for harmful environmental impacts if they should end up in landfill.

When recycled, not only the mercury, but also the glass, phosphor and aluminium contained in the tubes are able to be recovered.


Visit to check if there is a drop off near you, or call the Hotline on 1300 733 712 for more information. Click here to learn more about FluoroCycle -  the partnership between the Lighting Council of Australia and the Federal Government to increase the recycling of mercury containing lamps.

Enter the draw

The good news for you and the environment gets better - for your chance to win one of 20 Alto twin-packs, send your name and postal address to Winners will be drawn at random on 15 June 2010. Prizes will be given in the form of a $20 supermarket voucher due to the difficulty in posting lights.

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